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Coughing and dry throat

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fishingirl
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Has this happened to anyone else. It has been exactly 8 weeks since I have finished treatment, my feeding tube is out, and I am eating fairly well. I am slowly gaining weight.

I have always (since after treatment)have lots of phlem and a very dry cough through the middle of the night. It seemed to have lessened, to the point that I thought it was over. But just recently, within the last 3 or 4 days it has become worse. If fact as bad as it was from the start. I always have a glass of water by my bed, as that sometimes helps, but not lately. I'm hoping this is a passing phase, just to add some more excitement in my life. lol!

Cindy

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Landranger25
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Cindy, I have not had any cough to speak of. I am 10 weeks out now and have noticed that just when I think my throat is getting back to normal, it seems to get worse for a time. Usually I start every morning and it seems just fine. If I eat something with a lot of texture to it, my throat becomes sore and irritated for the rest of the day. Slight pain/discomfort to swallow. A week later, I can eat what I want and get that feeling that hey, this is much better. Then, sore again. As for phelm, one good hack every morning and that seems to be all I need. Mouth is dry, but getting better. I'm not ready to accept "new normal" just yet. I'll wait the full year and then live with whatever I have then! Good luck and hang in there. You're doing great!

Mike

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SASH
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Have you changed anything in your diet recently that might cause the extra phlegm? Dairy products, especially at night might increase this.

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You know...that could have something to do with it. I can't help myself, but I'm just craving sweets! And especially now at this time of yr. there's lots to be found. I'd much rather have vanilla pudding, cake, cookies, things like that over turkey dinner. And I used to LOVE turkey dinner and all the t********s. Of course I ate a bit of dinner, but it wasn't long after, I was into the sweet stuff again. And that kind of scares me because I just heard the other day that cancer "breeds" on sugar.

Cindy

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Hondo
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Cindy your body is still healing and will continue to so for a while after treatment, it will take a long time to get all of the radiation our of your body so I don’t worried about things like sore throat. As far as the phlem it too can be caused by after affect of radiation; but I kind of like SASH said look for something that has changed in you diet. On the coughing this too could be nothing more then like you said dry throat at night, but the problem is coughing is not good for you as your body is not fully healed, if it keeps up see your doctor.

Also a little sugar is not bad just don’t over do it go shopping instead.

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fishingirl
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Do you know what Hondo?? Everytime you post something, you bring a smile to my face and a warmth to my heart:) I don't know what we would do, if you weren't on here.

P.S. I told my husband about the shopping, and he just smiled and said what do you want? If we can afford it, you can have it!! Isn't that nice? :)

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SASH
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Tell him you want a 5 carat diamond.

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fishingirl
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I think he meant but nothing over $20.00, just didn't say it;)

But a 5 carat diamond sounds real nice. It would be bigger than my knuckle right now!! lol!

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Glad to make your day little sister, joy in the heart is always the best healing medicine and a good husband that will let you buy anything you want is the type you don’t want to let go.

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HI Cindy,

I found this week an increase in mucus but no coughing changes. I am a month ahead of you. I did indulge in Christmas Pudding with custard, cream etc as I want to gain some weight as well as enjoy christmas (and boxing) day. As Sash mentioned, Dairy products are generally bad as they will make you produce excessive mucus.

More importantly you noted (and we all should note) that processes sugars are VERY BAD for us. They used Sugar to find your cancer in the PET/CT Scan so yes it is bad. Many oncologists don't acknowledge this fact unfortunately but a good nutritionist should be able to explain this or just Google 'Cancer Diet' and you will see what's good for you and what's not. Be prepared to be disappointed as the list of 'Bad Foods' is quite extensive ie all processed foods, Animal Proteins (Except Oily fish), and all processed sugars ++

Is your cough dry and does it get to the point of making you retch ? Also curious if it happens when you drink or just out of the blue.

Hope the bad weather is not hampering your holidays.

Regds
Scambuster in sunny Oz (Actually it's been raining for 3 days..:o(

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fishingirl
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Hi Scambuster. You lucky duck, being in sunny Oz:) Seeing as I'm a warm weather lover, this weather here right now is the pits!! lol!

The cough is both. Sometimes it is a dry cough out of the blue and also during the night. And sometimes I'll be drinking (mostly tea), and start to uncontrollably cough. Then spirt!! There goes the tea!

I'm going to google cancer diet now. I already know what I shouldn't be having. But I've GOT TO gain some weight!!!

Cindy

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Hondo
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Don’t get disappointed, it takes a long time before your body will start to gain any weight again. So for now just enjoy the new beautiful you. I was 230lbs before Cancer; when I finished radiation & chemo I was 167lbs, do you know what a 6’1” man looks like at a 167lbs? Does the word toothpick give you any I dear. I just started gaining weight again now 3 year later and I am up to 185lbs, I look better now then I did 10 years ago. I am not as good as I once was but as the song said, I am good once as I ever was.

When I had lost all my weight and was down to 167lbs, I was looking in the mirror at all my bones and was about as sad as I could be, because I felt that I was no longer who I use to be. My wife understanding what I was doing and going through in my mind got up and looked at me and said “ Boy what a hunk of a Man” and walked out to leave me to contemplate the words she just said. It made me feel so good to know she still loved me no matter how I looked thick or thin.

Don’t eat too much sweets as I don’t want you to go through was I did the second time with Cancer. I like Scambuster believe that processed sugar is only one of the many cancer feeding foods.

Take care and enjoy the new beautiful Cindy

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